8 Ways to Make Your Favorite Snacks Healthier

Swap commercially prepared snacks with these healthier alternatives from registered dietician Kate Greagan.

8 Ways to Make Your Favorite Snacks Healthier

When you need to nosh, do you tend to reach for a convenient plastic-wrapped nibble? Many of the snacks we eat are commercially-prepared processed foods that could be wreaking havoc on our diets and our health with additives, trans fats, excess sodium, high-fructose corn syrup and more harmful elements. Luckily, it’s easy to give your beloved snacks a healthy makeover that’s better on your body and your wallet. Registered dietician Kate Greagan shared her suggestions on how to make snacks safer.

Energy bar

Why it isn’t healthy: A lot of these “energy bars,” “snack bars” or “breakfast bars” are high in saturated fat, high fructose corn syrup and other sugars.\r\n

\r\nThe fix: Make your own energy bar like this no-bake raw energy bite. This five-ingredient bar contains protein, fiber, and antioxidants to help keep your energy high and metabolism revved for hours. Whipping up your own energy bars is easy and often they can be made with ingredients you already have on hand, says Greagan. Cut them into bite-size pieces for snacks or larger chunks for a mini meal.

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